People often think of a raised bed as a soil bed a foot or so off the ground. It is that and more. By fixing a frame over the bed gardeners can experiment with permaculture systems of growing on several levels with the top level of netting 2 metres above the soil bed. In this …Read More about Raised bed progress
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Building a simple raised bed is the most efficient way of creating a vegetable garden in limited space. By adding a support framework it is possible to grow plants at ground level (herbs etc), tomatoes and cucumbers in the mid level and beans on the higher level.
The raised bed was started with beans and cucumbers this year, followed with tomato plants. The bed was fed with household compost in the spring. The surface is not mulched as an experiment to reduce surface moisture that encourages snails.
The main crop of tomatoes, beans and cucumbers came from the raised bed in the garden. The 5m by 1m bed has an aluminium frame to the front supporting the integrated mix of plants at different levels. This stacking of plants at different height levels make full use of a small growing space.